Radio Drama: "The Monkey's Raincoat" (1982)
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Thoughts Before Listening
So a while back, James Davis Nicoll shared a list of old radio shows, which included Nightfall, which is from the eighties and is also Canadian, so naturally very excite. I realized that I had actually heard a few eps of Nightfall a while back (and by a while back, I mean 8 or 9 years ago). I remember liking it a lot and I also remembered that back then, it was hard to find episodes of this show because downloading things is illegal and no one should ever do it ever because it is illegal and we should never do illegal things like downloading which is illegal.
Archive.org now has a page of Nightfall episodes, which means we can speak of it in a familiar manner on the internet and blame archive.org for any illegality that may arise. At least that’s what I think it means. Anyway, basically I want to say that the episode list looks rad as heck.
So now we are going to listen to something called "The Monkey’s Raincoat" because we already know what happened to the monkey’s paw. Also,
EXCITED AS FUCK ACTUALLY
Thoughts While Listening
Very dramatic opening. GO CANADA!
This story I think is set in the future and is about some assassination? Cover up?
It’s not about a real monkey and his or her raincoat?
Ok two dudes were talking but I don’t know what they said. I hope that’s ok.
I think we’re listening to some political event conference thing, possibly a parade.
In India, we call it a function because that’s what it is, when you think about it.
It’s the presidential inauguration function
Wow I am REALLY bummed that this isn’t about an actual monkey and a raincoat.
I think the President elect is going to his inauguration carrying so many guns because cross-town riots are moving towards this presidential inauguration function.
“You can ban the clan but you can’t stop the marching band.” I have no idea what this means but it seems important for some reason
I feel like the audio is not great which is resulting in me not really hearing things and also not understanding what I am hearing
Also I’m from another culture right now. So there’s that too.
Ok now we’re with two men talking. These are not the announcer fellows, these are other fellows
They are almost at the monkey’s toe? One of the guys says he can’t wait to get his mitts on that monkey? I don’t know anything.
Ok there were sirens and then what sounded like a call to prayer from a mosque and one of the guys was like, OMG WHAT WAS THAT??????? and the other guy said it was a form of meditation.
At least that’s what it sounded like. Maybe none of that happened at all
If it did happen though, do you think the call to prayer was included for a specific narrative purpose, the significance of which will be revealed later in a tastefully dazzling manner or nah?
The monkey is across the street having a séance with a seedy fortune teller called Silva and one of the guys just said he’s the monkey, we’re the raincoat
Maybe that didn’t happen either though.
We’re only like 5 minutes into this
On the whole just really confused right now
A lot of this show sounds like somebody opened a window in a big city
Ok now we’re back to the two announcers covering the parade and I think it’s raining.
And the cross-town riots are a-coming.
The only thing that is not happening right now is a real monkey wearing a raincoat. But everything else is happening.
So now they are listing the soon-to-be-president’s vital stats, which include the fact that he had a pop song that turned gold 17 times! This is the perfect time to post the following internet picture
Once upon a time, I wanted to be a solid gold dancer but then someone told me they don’t take brown people and so that dream was shattered
The presidential elect seems to have shot an old lady in a pink pantsuit who is now crawling away which can’t be easy for her because apparently her left knee is shattered like my Solid Gold dreams.
Now she has been tackled by a member of the Army Domestic Security Corps
Maybe it’s just not a good time for women and pink pantsuits.
But when is it ever a good time for women and pink pantsuits? Riddle me that!
We are now going to see what the word on the street is.
The word on the street is gross so now we are back to the other two guys
One of the guys is talking about chaos and power in a very alarming manner or maybe it just sounds alarming because everything is so loud and I can’t understand anything
So I think there is some corporation running everything? I really don’t know what’s going on at all, actually
I think we are overhearing the monkey and Silva, who is a Russian because it was the eighties and because The Americans
“Do not listen if you think it is crazy talk, go”- OMG IS HE TALKING TO ME?
I think there is a crystal ball? And there are nightmares? Which are words? Which are the voices of the gods? Which are in fact the corporation?
Does anyone know what’s going on?
I am all alone actually.
So this man aka Monkey, has been hearing voices telling him to kill the president elect.
Oh ok. Ok I think I got it now.
Whenever someone says ‘gods’ I always think of Vikings. I don’t know why but it makes so much sense to me
Monkey seems very upset and Silva told him to leave because I think Monkey was breaking stuff because feelings
Silva has now called someone on a rotary phone, which is exciting, right? Ya, that’s pretty exciting.
Ok so I think Monkey just went to the van where those other dudes, the non-announcer ones, were just relaxing and stuff and he said ‘The Monkey’s Raincoat’ and this was very significant for everybody
Now they are all going somewhere in the car
Someone is now telling us about the origins of the word ‘assassin’, thus offering up a beautiful opportunity to use the phrase “hashish-eating moslem fanatics”
Suddenly feeling a little uncomfortable but only like how you feel uncomfortable when you hear someone make a racist joke and you don’t say anything but you make a mental note to blog about it later using made-up names and you never do but somehow you still feel like you have fought and defeated racism
“the microcomputer makes the neutron bomb look like something from the stone age”. What is the appropriate response to this?
There is no appropriate response to this.
Here is the appropriate response to this.
I FORGOT HOW MUCH I LOVED THIS SONG OMG THIS IS THE APPROPRIATE RESPONSE TO EVERYTHING
Meanwhile! It looks like an assassin is coming through to get the president
“I am the monkey’s raincoat”
I am the bee’s knees.
I am doing the neutron dance.
I am going to finish listening to this right now I’m not even kidding though.
The assassin has a hatful of flowers? But no gun?
How different this would all be if I could hear clearly and understand all the words
The monkey guy is apparently wearing a monkey’s mask and yellow raincoat and is throwing flowers
There are worse things one could do I guess
Ok one of the guys from the van has run away and the one guy left in the van was actually an android and not a dude and also not a phone
It’s like really loud right now
Ok the president is dead
And the assassin is dead also
It sounds like such a mess right now I can’t even tell you
I think the monkey somehow got back to Silva?
And monkey was the red herring?
You know, there are lots of animals in this show but they are not animals
In many ways, this show sounds like three or four different shows all playing at the same time.
Someone is wailing?
No someone is singing now all alone
And it’s over.
Thoughts After Listening
First of all, I want to say that I was confused for a lot of this show. I also want to say that not only did I used to be a Canadian, many Canadians were my friends. I don’t know if they wanted to be my friends but they were my friends nonetheless. This makes it totally ok for me to say what the actual fuck Canada, although maybe this was actually a great show that I couldn’t understand because of the audio and also because I’m from another culture right now. Anyway, since I used to be a Canadian and many Canadians were my friends (albeit unwillingly), I will be listening to another Nightfall episode next time because if I don’t, racism will win and I for one am sick and tired of racism winning all the time. Fuck you, racism.